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2022 Snoop Dogg buys Death Row Records, the label he started with. He plans to take the label into the metaverse and issue non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

2021 The acclaimed jazz pianist Chick Corea dies of cancer at 79.

2014 The Beatles: The Night That Changed America airs on CBS exactly 50 years after the group first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. The show features performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and also covers of Beatles songs by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and a reunited Eurythmics.

2008 An oversold venue is to blame for the deaths of 10 fans and the injuries of six at a concert by Indonesian metalcore band Beside. Conflicting reports on numbers seem to confirm that the venue, meant to hold 700, was well over capacity, with perhaps as many as 1,500 people inside. The fans were killed in the crush as they tried to leave the packed venue while hundreds more were trying to force their way in.

2005 Soul singer Tyrone Davis dies of complications from a stroke in Chicago, Illinois, at age 66. Known for his #1 R&B hits, "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).

2001 After being booted from the "reunion" lineup of the Eagles, guitarist Don Felder files a lawsuit against the group.

1997 Soundgarden play the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, their last show until 2010.

1997 Brian Connolly (lead singer of Sweet) dies at age 51 of renal and liver failure after multiple heart attacks.

1991 Gospel singer Reverend James Cleveland dies at age 59.

1990 Midnight Oil release the album Blue Sky Mining. The lead single, "Blue Sky Mine," is inspired by the Wittenoom industrial disaster in the band's native Australia. The song is a Top 10 hit on the ARIA singles chart and tops the rock charts in the US.More

1979 UB40 play their first live show, sharing the bill with another local group called the Au Pairs at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Birmingham. In 2011, a plaque went up outside the pub to mark the performance.

1974 "Love's Theme," a groovy instrumental composed by Barry White for his Love Unlimited Orchestra, hits #1 in the US.

1973 Max Yasgur, who owned the farm in upstate New York where the 1969 Woodstock festival was held, dies of a heart attack at age 53.

1970 Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" is certified Gold.

1966 Liza Minnelli brings her nightclub act to New York City with a show at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel.

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Carole King Is Born

1942

Carole King is born Carol Joan Klein in Manhattan, New York City. She meets husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin while attending Queens College.


At 18, King is already a wife and mother and uses what little spare time she has to write catchy pop tunes with her husband. They catch a break when they're signed to Aldon Music, a publishing house across the street from the famed Brill Building, run by producer Don Kirshner and composer Al Nevins. Starting with the 1960 chart-topper "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for the Shirelles, Goffin and King write a catalog of feel-good hits for the biggest pop stars of the era, including their babysitter Little Eva ("The Loco-Motion"), Bobby Vee ("Take Good Care Of My Baby"), Dusty Springfield ("Goin' Back"), Herman's Hermits ("I'm Into Something Good"), and The Monkees ("Pleasant Valley Sunday"). King is particularly proud when she turns on the radio and hears Aretha Franklin belting their tune "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman." King always wanted to be a songwriter and never seriously considered herself to be a performer. After the dissolution of her marriage, however, she finds a friend and mentor in James Taylor, who encourages her to pursue a solo career. Her first solo release, Writer (1970), is a commercial failure, but the following year she releases Tapestry and Carole King becomes a household name. The album, produced by Lou Adler, is a warm collection of intimate songs that finds King giving voice to many of her old hits for other artists – such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Natural Woman" - and introducing new material like the heartfelt breakup tune "It's Too Late" and its sensual flipside, "I Feel the Earth Move." Tapestry hits #1 and takes home four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "You've Got a Friend," a King-penned chart-topper for James Taylor, who also lent support on Tapestry. King maintains a steady presence on the albums chart throughout the rest of the decade, with five more albums peaking in the Top 10. By the time she's celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015, King is regarded as one of the most influential architects of the singer-songwriter era, whose emotionally honest songs struck such a deep chord in American audiences they still resonate decades later. photo: Sony Music Entertainment Archives

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